Thread: Hard Choice
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Old August 29, 2018, 04:06 PM   #52
Paul B.
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Well I've owned or shot every on of the OP's options except the Creedmore and would probably shoot one more out of curiosity to see what the fuss is about.

With that said, I'd look at the .308. Not saying that's my first choice but that along with the 30-06 and .270 will probably be the easiest to find should one need a resupply.

Interesting fact; a few years back I ran a velocity test with Winchester 180 gr. Powerpoint ammo in the .308 Win. and 30-06. From the 22" barreled .308 and 30-06, velocity was almost exactly the same. Combine average 2610 FPS. I also ran some of the 06 through a 24" and 26" barrel and the only one that came close to factory advertised speed was from the 26" barrel.

I do find the 7-08 interesting but no desire to buy one as I have a nice modern 7x57 and my hand loads duplicate anything the 7-08 can do. For those questioning the 7-08 on elk, if my outfitter gets a cancellation for this years hunt, we'll see what a 7x57 pushing a 150 gr. Nosler Partition will do on an elk.

FWIW, the late gun writer John Wooters favorite whitetail rifle was a Mannlicher stocked Sako in .308 Win. I forget which weight bullet he favored but I think it was the 150 gr. Nosler.
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